When you run actions in vRealize Operations Manager, you change the state of vCenter Server objects. You run one or more actions when you encounter objects where the configuration or state of the object is affecting your environment. These actions allow you to reclaim wasted space, adjust memory, or conserve resources.

This procedure for running actions is based on the vRealize Operations Manager Actions menus and is commonly used when you are troubleshooting problems. The available actions depend on the type of objects with which you are working. You can also run actions as alert recommendations.


  • Verify that the vCenter Adapter is configured to run actions for each vCenter Server instance. See the vRealize Operations Manager Configuration Guide.

  • Ensure that you understand how to use the power-off-allowed option if you are running Set CPU Count, Set Memory, and Set CPU Count and Memory actions. See the section Working With Actions That Use Power Off Allowed in the vRealize Operations Manager Information Center.


  1. Select the object in the Environment page inventory trees or select one or more objects it in a list view.
  2. Click Actions on the main toolbar or in an embedded view.
  3. Select one of the actions.

    If you are working with a virtual machine, only the virtual machine is included in the dialog box. If you are working with clusters, hosts, or datastores, the dialog box that appears includes all objects.

  4. To run the action on the object, select the check box and click OK.

    The action runs and a dialog box appears that displays the task ID.

  5. To view the status of the job and verify that the job finished, click Recent Tasks or click OK to close the dialog box.

    The Recent Tasks list appears, which includes the task you just started.

What to do next

To verify that the job completed, click Environment in the menu and click History >Recent Tasks. Find the task name or task ID in the list and verify that the status is finished. See Monitor Recent Task Status.